Tepco: Ultra-high radiation levels may be from melted fuel that leaked out of containment vessel (PHOTO)

Published: August 2nd, 2011 at 9:53 am ET


Japan utility seals area with high radiation level, AP, August 2, 2011:

[…] Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday radiation exceeded 10 sieverts at two locations near a duct connected to a ventilation stack between two reactor units at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. […]

TEPCO said melted fuel in the No. 1 reactor might have collected inside the duct after leaking from the containment vessel during venting early in the crisis. […]

Workers find ultra-high radiation levels at Fukushima Daiichi plant, CNN, August 2, 2011:

[…] The ultra-high levels of radiation were measured Monday afternoon on the grounds of the facility, near reactors 1 and 2, said spokesman Naoki Tsunoda. The lethal radiation was measured at the bottom of a ventilation tower […]

Published: August 2nd, 2011 at 9:53 am ET


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23 comments to Tepco: Ultra-high radiation levels may be from melted fuel that leaked out of containment vessel (PHOTO)

  • theypoisonus

    I was just reading this info ( with no picture) at a new blog I found via rense.


    German article added to hers also there.
    and also, there are some points made in her info and also in the German article that are sort of interesting.
    She seems to be pretty knowledgable on the subject.
    Just another possible source.

    ALL nuclear sux. imho

  • catweazel

    well, the phenomena is known since chernobyl, the “elephant foot” was found to age by splitting in millions of very small particles just because the radiation alters the contents of the cold corium. so whereever the corium may be, it has started distributing itself now by micron particles. there will be no more time to build a tent.

  • catweazel

    and i wonder which material could stand such a bombardment except lead walls.

  • radegan

    Gosh, this might help explain the falling temp in the containment vessel. TEPCO has invented a whole new way to cool a containment vessel – just empty it out on the ground.

    I think they should take all the slag and rods on the ground and make a big ole statue of a clown and put it in front of their legislature in Tokyo. A clown will make everyone laugh and smile, so it could never be dangerous. And it can be a big reminder of how silly it is to worry about radiation.

  • charlie3

    I hope that some of these latest revelations will help propel Fukushima into the consciousness of the world; TPTB have beenn very effective at minimizing awareness of radiation dangers.

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Exposed to environment, drenched in rain, particles slewing into the groundwater and ocean…nah, don’t mention that.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    “The ultra-high levels of radiation were measured Monday afternoon on the grounds of the facility, near reactors 1 and 2, said spokesman Naoki Tsunoda. The lethal radiation was measured at the bottom of a ventilation tower”

    And just think, there is literaly HUNDREDS of TONS more where this came from.

    The first time a large typhoon hits this site, holy cow, it will be the end of any attempt at doing whatever it is they think they are trying to accomplish…..

    • stock stock@hawaii.rr.com

      Maybe that’s part of their plan, that last big rain probably did $100B of “cleanup” now the cesium and gang is suspended in rivers heading to the ocean.

      • Misitu

        Note… as the plant is on the sea shore the only reference to river transport is from stuff that got blown inland by winds from the east and dropped anywhere between Fuku NPP and the mountains forming the spine of northern Honshu, which would it’s true become transported by rivers towards the Pacific shore; anything that came down west of the mountains would end up in the Sea of Japan.

        Basically: in the Ocean, in rivers, on the land, in plants, in animals, in rubbish, in sewage, in groundwater, …

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    Based on the photo and the radiation levels detected, can anyone hazard a guess as to the physical amount of spent fuel (lets say) it would require to get these readings? TYIA!

  • Sickputer

    Strictly conjecture, but’s all we have and Tepco is doing the same…just have better inside the plant clues.

    Well, you see the legs of the tower dug into the ground…and we know the corium is moving around and possibly melted through the main building concrete pad and migrating out…in some direction.

    What better place for a fissure than from a big building support stuck into the ground that has pierced the earth. The tower leg probably has concrete footers and with soil above those footers and around the legs.

    That ground soil can crack and fissure from heat (maybe from atomic lava?)

    How much fuel? Not much really…a piece the size of your head could be an enormous amount of radiation. A small chunk of the corium can do a lot of damage. We’re talking about a miniature sun that so far they can’t control.

  • selfsovereign

    Does anyone know if this image is from the israeli camera system tepco was bragging about?
    One panoramic camera sweep of the site and all tepcos lies would wash away.
    Cripes, TBTB probably have already scanned this site from orbit with their own radiation detection equipment. I keep forgetting, this is a slave planet. HA

  • And still there are people saying that what happened at Fukushima ain’t that bad. Wake up people!

    Go an chat and watch the Fukushima Daiichi Plant LIVE Cam that TEPCO just put up at http://www.radioactivechat.blogspot.com

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    this is a disinformation article. Understating the radiation by a factor of 10, the usual game

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Perhaps our best German speaker will help with this.

  • catweazel

    ah, then it is picked up by mass media. was shown today in the “tagesschau at 8-8:15 which is the prime newsplace for tv driven inhabitants of this wonderfull land (and on one of three “state-driven” senders, so like putting something in the “sun” in UK. when it is shown there it will be picked up by mainstream.

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    I’m just appalled that this gets worse, and worse, and worse.
    Where will we all be in six months’ time?

  • James2

    I’ll tell you where it goes in six months.

    If we don’t declare a “war” on cleanup of Fukushima, and divert all of our resources from The war on terror, the war on Drugs, the War onLibya, Iraq, Afghanistan and everywhere else to fighting this thing then it will quickly domino to other nuclear reactor sites, and pretty soon we are all dead – at least for the next couple million years or so – then everything will be fine.